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Queen Christina of Sweden

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rotterdam (published)

  • Date:

    1696 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pontius, Paulus, born 1603 - died 1658 (engraver)
    Hulle, Anselmus von (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 36

Physical description

Print, portrait of a woman, head and shoulders, facing half right, within an oval frame with palms and letters. The frame is supported on a semicircular plinth with swags of fruit, trumpets and a cartouche. The frame is flanked by the figures of Minerva and Apollo holding a crown of laurels above the portrait. Minerva on the left is wearing a helmet and holding a lance, with books and a globe at her feet; Apollo, on the right, is holding a lyre. Behind is drapery with tassels.

Place of Origin

Rotterdam (published)


1696 (published)


Pontius, Paulus, born 1603 - died 1658 (engraver)
Hulle, Anselmus von (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Quo Fata Vocant Virtus Secura Sequetur. Accessit Privilegium Caesareum Cum Privilegio Regum et Hollandiae ordinum. Anselmus van Hulle pinxit et Paulus Pontius sculpsit.'
Lettered with name of sitter and



Height: 39.1 cm, Width: 29.5 cm

Object history note

This print is plate 4 in Pacificatores Orbis Christiani Sive Icones Principum Ducum et Legatorum, Rotterdam, 1696.

Descriptive line

Print, portrait of Queen Christina of Sweden, engraving by Paulus Pontius after Anselmus von Hulle, 1696.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.
Singer, Hans Wolfgang. Allgemeiner Bildinskatalog. Leipzig: K.W. Hiersemann, 14 v.
Hollstein, F. W. H. Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: M. Hertzberger, 1949.



Subjects depicted

Trumpets; Fruit; Lance; Helmet; Cartouche; Lyre; Queen; Laurels


Prints; Portraits; Royalty; Gender and Sexuality


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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